Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Signed into Law

On February 28 and March 4, respectively, the House and Senate passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) of 2013 (H.R. 307). The bill amends the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) to increase the surge capacity of emergency medical service systems and optimize a coordinated flexible approach to surge capacity.

Click here to see a detailed report that was prepared by the Advocates for EMS (AEMS) Coalition on the changes PAHPA makes to NHSS. The National Volunteer Fire Council is a supporting member of AEMS and EMS/Rescue Section Chair Ken Knipper serves as an at-large member of the AEMS Board.

H.R. 307 was signed by the President on March 13. View a copy of the bill language at by looking up H.R. 307 in the “bill number” search function.